A graphic designer has been convicted of terrorising six women in an online abuse campaign.

Image picturing Shaquille Williams.Shaquille Williams, aged 25, blackmailed one woman by threatening to send private sexual photographs of her to her family and friends unless she sent him more images which he tried to direct.

The victim had already been targeted by sadistic blackmailer and paedophile Abdul Hasib Elahi, 26.

Elahi is currently awaiting sentencing after admitting 158 sickening online offences in a separate National Crime Agency investigation.

Elahi, of Sparkhill, Birmingham, masqueraded as a businessman or stockbroker on sugar daddy websites and conned victims into sending him sexual images of themselves.

He then blackmailed them into filming themselves performing increasingly degrading acts and sending him the footage.

Elahi posted the footage online where Williams, of Hartness Road, Clifton, Nottingham, acquired some of it.

Today, at Nottingham Crown Court, a jury found Williams guilty of blackmailing the victim between 10 January 2019 and 10 May 2019.

The jury also convicted him of three counts of harassing three women and putting them in fear of violence between 18 April 2019 and 21 May 2019.

Williams was also found guilty of two counts of sending grossly offensive messages to two other women.

Using various social media accounts, university graduate Williams sent the women horrendous abuse including pictures of acid attack victims.

One victim received messages including the name of her home town, a picture of hydrochloric acid and a message featuring her road name.

Williams will be sentenced on 18 August.

NCA Senior Investigating Officer Andy Peach said: “Williams is a coward and a twisted, callous, sexual deviant who caused extreme terror to the victims.

“They have been exceptionally brave in coming forward to ensure he faces justice.

“The investigative team were horrified by Elahi’s sadistic depravity and the scale of his offending.

“Elahi made it possible for Williams to try and blackmail the victim in this case.

“There are a series of other inquiries into Elahi’s associates.”

Elahi will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on September 9 and 10.

Anybody who believes they may have been a victim of Elahi, or have information on  his offending, can contact the NCA atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

30 June 2021